Friday, May 15, 2009

Judge declares mistrial in case where testifying witness texts colleague

The online ABA Journal blog is reporting an incident in which a Miami trial judge declared a mistrial after discovering that a witness on the stand was texting a colleague during breaks in testimony.  The judge reacted by telling the witness:  "Let me be really frank about this. I never had this happen before. This is completely outrageous, absolutely outrageous."

Less than a month ago, a state trial judge sentenced a Utah woman to 30 days in jail for texting her husband during a hearing and thereby alerting him to the possibility that officials might be coming to seize his snowmobile.

Hat tip to the online ABA Journal blog.

I am the scholarship dude.

(jbl)

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